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Hudson -- Three days after the School Board unanimously approved two revenue-sharing agreements with the Village of Boston Heights for a Bass Pro Shop and a Costco May 11, Bass Pro Shops issued a press release touting its opening.
Bass Pro Shops will be an anchor for the retail development, Market Place at Boston Hills. The Board voted to give Bass Pro Shops a 100 percent real estate property tax exemption for 30 years. In return, Boston Heights will share 50 percent of the income tax revenue the Hudson City Schools for that period.
There was no estimation at press time on how much the district could receive through the period.
"It's an exciting time for our school district and an exciting time for Boston Heights," Superintendent Phil Herman said.
According to Boston Heights Mayor Bill Goncy, Council unanimously approved the revenue-sharing agreement May 6.
"The agreement is something that benefits this community and the surrounding communities, along with the school district," Goncy said.
Goncy said he was excited for the openings of Costco, Arhaus Furniture and Bass Pro Shops. The entire market area should be open by 2016, Goncy added.
"As mayor of the Village of Boston Heights, our team has worked diligently to promote appropriate growth for our village," Goncy said. "On behalf of the village, I welcome Bass Pro Shops to join us on the ground floor of our new retail development."
Bass Pros Shops, an outdoor retailer specializing in hunting, fishing, camping and other related outdoor gear, announced via a press release May 13 that is would soon be opening in Boston Heights.
"The store will be located on the northwest quadrant of Interstate 80 and State Route 8 in the Village of Boston Heights, in Summit County," according to the release. "The Bass Pro Shops retail attraction will be the lead tenant in a mixed-use 1-million-square-foot Marketplace at Boston Heights development."
According to Bass Pro Shops, the shop will be over 100,000 square feet.
"We are very grateful for the opportunity to be the lead anchor tenant for this exciting new development," Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops, said.
According to Bass Pro Shops, the market place development will sit on 167 acres, which includes 65 acres of retail development. "My partner, Al Scott, and I are pleased to welcome Bass Pro Shops to the Marketplace at Boston Heights," said Sam Petros of Petros Development Corp. "They, along with seven other retailers, will be serving the Cleveland-Akron market through our new retail location where I-271, Route 8 and the turnpike meet."
The other retailers have not been announced by the village.
Boston Heights Council President Don Polyak said "the village couldn't have found a more perfect fit to our comprehensive plan than Bass Pro Shops."
"There is less than two miles from the Route 8 interchange to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park," Polyak said. "This village government, along with an incredible amount of resident participation, spent years developing a detailed comprehensive plan to protect residents' interests."
Traffic is going to really be a problem there.